Stock Photo - 08/10/2001 __ The plume of smoke grows behind Space Shuttle Discovery as it hurtles into space on mission STS_105. Liftoff occurred on time at 5:10:14 p.m. EDT. Besides the Shuttle crew of four, Discovery carries the Expedition Three crew who will replace Expedition Two on the International Space Station. The mission includes the third flight of an Italian_built Multi_Purpose Logistics Module delivering additional scientific racks, equipment and supplies for the Space Station, and two spacewalks. Part of the payload is the Early Ammonia Servicer EAS tank, which will be attached to the Station during the spacewalks. The EAS will be installed on the P6 truss, which holds the Station’s giant U.S. solar arrays, batteries and the cooling radiators. The EAS contains spare ammonia for the Station’s cooling system. The three_member Expedition Two crew will be returning to Earth aboard Discovery after a five_month stay on the Station

Stock Photo: 08/10/2001 -- The plume of smoke grows behind Space Shuttle Discovery as it hurtles into space on mission STS-105. Liftoff occurred on time at 5:10:14 p.

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